Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a baby boy who was born on Wednesday morning in a London hospital.

According to a spokesperson, both Symonds and the child are in good health after the birth.

The prime minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well. The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.

The news comes just a few days after the prime minister returned to his role in government after recovering from coronavirus and telling the public that the "tide was beginning to turn" on the battle against the virus.

However, the arrival of his new child will prevent him from taking part in Wednesday's PMQs, which had caused some confusion, with the responsibility deferring back to foreign secretary Dominic Raab, who filled in for Johnson during his time in hospital.

Many have been quick to congratulate the arrival of their new child, including Johnson's Tory colleagues and the new Labour leader, Keir Starmer.

The couple has yet to announce what the name of the boy will be but it appears that Twitter already has some ideas.

Others wanted to wish Symonds the best of luck as she now has "two children" to deal with.

Because nothing will stop the Brits from making jokes, not even the news of a baby. Nothing is sacred, in politics, apparently!

There was also some confusion as the pregnancy was only publicly announced a few months ago but all seems well now.

Of course, there are always going to be jokes about Johnson having a child, as speculation remains about how many children the prime minister has fathered, something that he has publicly refused to confirm.

There have been some suggestions (and jokes) that Johnson has used the birth of the child and the subsequent paternity to avoid PMQs, which has divided opinion.

Let's just let the PM enjoy the moment, right?

All in all, a new baby as well as a pandemic, means that the prime minister has a lot to deal with at the moment.

We wish him all the best.

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